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Hanwha Qcells completes large-scale solar and BESS project in California, U.S., to supply renewable energy to Meta

June 5, 2024

Hanwha Qcells completed a 50-megawatt solar energy complex in Borrego Springs, California in May, and will supply renewable energy to Meta as the largest utility-scale solar project in San Diego County

A 50-megawatt (MW) solar power plant in California, U.S., completed by Hanwha Qcells

Hanwha Solutions' Qcells Division (Hanwha Qcells), a global leader in complete clean energy solutions, has announced the completion of the Ocotillo Wells Solar project in Borrego Springs, California, now in commercial operation. The complex, which comprises a 50-megawatt (MW) solar module facility and 200-megawatt-hour (MWh) battery energy storage systems (BESS), will supply electricity to Meta, one of the world’s largest corporate buyers of renewable energy.


Hanwha Qcells managed the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of key equipment, including solar and energy storage systems (ESS). Through this project, the company has contributed to economic growth and further revolutionized the energy sector by leveraging its expertise in comprehensive utility-scale solar and storage solutions.


“Hanwha Qcells is expanding its capabilities in various fields, including project development, EPC, and power supplies, building on its solar manufacturing capabilities in the U.S. — currently the largest in North America,” said Justin Lee, CEO of Hanwha Qcells. "Given the private sector’s growing demand for renewable energy, including Big Tech, we will continue to work closely with our customers to provide integrated clean energy solutions.”

An aerial view of the solar power plant constructed by Hanwha Qcells in California, U.S.

Meta, which will soon be powered by the new solar complex built by Hanwha, has run global operations on 100% renewable energy since 2020, reaching net-zero emissions. Meta has set an ambitious goal of reaching net zero emissions across its value chain by 2030, and Hanwha Qcells, with its complete U.S. solar supply chain, will support the company in reaching its goals.

An aerial view of Hanwha Qcells’ solar power plant in California, U.S. under construction

Amid the accelerating clean energy transition, Hanwha Qcells has continued to forge partnerships with global companies. This January, Hanwha renewed a contract with Microsoft to supply 12 gigawatts (GW) of solar modules and EPC services over an 8-year period. In April, Hanwha Qcells successfully completed a 150-MW solar power plant in Wyoming, U.S., providing turnkey solutions for development, module supply, EPC, and power purchase agreements (PPA). In November 2023, Hanwha Qcells sold a power plant to Southern Power, a U.S. wholesale energy company.

Hanwha Qcells has been growing its presence in the global ESS market

Hanwha Qcells has been growing its presence on the back of the surging global ESS market in recent years. In 2022, the company sold seven ESS projects developed in the U.S., including a project featuring a 380 MWh BESS, where it managed the entire EPC process, including development.

Hanwha Solutions


Hanwha Solutions aims to deliver sustainable solutions for the planet through smart energy solutions and customer-focused materials. The company operates its business through three divisions: Qcells, Chemical, and Insight. The Qcells Division offers total energy solutions from photovoltaic module manufacturing, power plant operation to electricity retailing service. Long recognized as a prominent leader in the chemicals industry, the Chemical Division is growing into a global green energy materials company with its cutting-edge solutions for eco-friendly materials. The Insight Division is providing differentiated solutions through comprehensive development and fnancing for projects such as cities, smart green industrial complexes, renewable energy, premium real estate and premium content. With its innovative technologies for sustainable growth, Hanwha Solutions strives to become a global leader in bringing a better future for humanity.


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Hanwha Qcells


Hanwha Qcells (Hanwha Solutions Qcells division) is one of the world’s leading clean energy companies, recognized for its established reputation as a manufacturer of high-performance, high-quality solar cells, and modules, a portfolio of intelligent storage systems, and a growing international pipeline of large-scale renewable energy projects. Hanwha Qcells also provides renewable electricity retail services and packages to end customers the world over. The company is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea (Global Executive HQ) and Thalheim, Germany (Technology & Innovation HQ) with its diverse international manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Malaysia, China, and South Korea. Hanwha Qcells strives to offer Completely Clean Energy through the full spectrum of photovoltaic products, storage solutions, renewable electricity contracting, and large-scale solar power plants. Through its growing global business network spanning Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa, and the Middle East, Hanwha Qcells provides excellent services and long-term partnerships to its customers in the utility, commercial, governmental, and residential markets.


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